|Publication number||US7273255 B2|
|Application number||US 10/555,585|
|Publication date||Sep 25, 2007|
|Filing date||May 4, 2004|
|Priority date||May 5, 2003|
|Also published as||CA2524453A1, CA2524453C, DE602004005443D1, DE602004005443T2, EP1622559A1, EP1622559B1, US20060220429, WO2004098479A1|
|Publication number||10555585, 555585, PCT/2004/675, PCT/SE/2004/000675, PCT/SE/2004/00675, PCT/SE/4/000675, PCT/SE/4/00675, PCT/SE2004/000675, PCT/SE2004/00675, PCT/SE2004000675, PCT/SE200400675, PCT/SE4/000675, PCT/SE4/00675, PCT/SE4000675, PCT/SE400675, US 7273255 B2, US 7273255B2, US-B2-7273255, US7273255 B2, US7273255B2|
|Inventors||Pär Nylander, Per Ekelin, Bo Persson|
|Original Assignee||Arjo Hospital Equipment Ab|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (40), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (16), Classifications (20), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a national stage filing under 35 U.S.C. § 371 of International Application No. PCT/SE2004/000675, filed on May 4, 2004, which claims priority from Swedish Application No. 0301293-7, filed on May 5, 2003.
The invention relates generally to a patient chair with a vertically movable seat.
In nursing and home care, patient chairs are used, whose seat and, in many cases, back are movable as a unit between upper and lower positions. The movability is desirable and frequently a requirement made by carers in order to be able in a fairly comfortable way, without straining their back, to move the patient between the patient chair and, for instance, a bed or a toilet.
A large number of patient chairs which more or less satisfy this requirement are available on the market and are described in the patent literature. Thus, patient chairs are known, which only allow the above described movement in a completely vertical direction. The drawback of these patient chairs is that it is difficult for the carer to take off/put on the patient's trousers, skirt, pants, napkin etc. or take sanitary measures as regards the patient's genitals if the patient is sitting on the patient chair. Other conventional patient chairs allow backward inclination of the seat and back unit and, thus, of the patient, in the course of the movement from the lower to the upper position, which makes it easy to reach the patient's lower garments and genitals. The latter patient chair constructions, however, are complicated and thus expensive to manufacture. For example, they may frequently comprise different hinge and link systems, and different motors, to perform a vertical movement of the seat and back unit as well as a tilting movement of this unit to provide a backward inclination of the patient in the upper position, relative to the position of the patient in the lower position, where the patient is sitting “normal” or “straight” on the patient chair.
An object of the invention is to provide a patient chair which is simple in terms of construction, and thus, can be manufactured at low cost. The patient chair may allow movement of its seat, and possibly also its back, between upper and lower positions, wherein in the upper position the patient may be inclined backwards.
The object of the invention is achieved by a patient chair having the features in claim 1. Advantageous embodiments are defined in the dependent claims.
According to one embodiment of the present invention, a patient chair may have a simple chassis which allows movement of the seat between upper and lower positions. During movement, the seat, and the patient sitting on the seat, may be automatically, continuously, and gradually inclined, backwards in the movement to the upper position, and forwards in the movement to the lower position. There may be no noticeable change between horizontal and vertical movements. The movements can be made by manual power or by machinery.
Embodiments of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawing which, by way of example, illustrate several embodiments of the invention.
The chassis 2 may be designed for stability, so that the patient chair 1 does not overturn with the patient sitting in it and being moved up and down. The convexity of the stand 4 may be directed forward, and the stand 4 may be fixed to the rear portion of the frame 3.
It should be understood that the upper and lower positions HP, LP may not be permanent, but can be selected, for instance, with regard to a comfortable working posture of the carer (tall or short carer), the patient's comfort (the patient enduring a more or less pronounced backward/forward inclination), and/or the measure that is to be taken on the patient.
The roller bearing arrangement 8 is shown in more detail in
The chassis 2 may preferably include wheels 10 on the frame 3, thus allowing the patient chair 1 to be wheeled. Armrests 11 and pivotable footrests 30 may also be included.
It is contemplated that the unit 5 can be moved on the stand 4 by many different driving devices. For instance, a winch may connect the unit 5 to the stand 4 or roller bearing 8, and may be manually operated by a crank. It is also contemplated that instead of a roller bearing 8, a gear arrangement can be used. Of course, an electric motor may also be used. Thus, it should be apparent that any suitable arrangement, of which there are many, for relative movement of the unit 5 and the stand 4, by motor power or manually, may be used. In case of movement by motor power, (remote) control units can be used to stop, accelerate, and retard the movement.
The shown upside-down U-shape of the stand 4 may not be necessary. For example, the stand 4 may consist of a single upright if the chassis 2 is designed with corresponding stability, to support the patient. Additionally or alternatively, the stand 4 may constitute the back 7 of the patient chair 1, and only the seat 6 can be moved relative to the back 7.
The frame 3 may be suitably designed so as to allow the patient chair 1 to be pushed under a bed, or around a toilet. For use with a toilet, the seat 6 may have an opening 12.
Furthermore, the patient chair 1 can also be provided with various usual leg rests, armrests and headrests, which can be adjustable.
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|U.S. Classification||297/338, 297/330, 297/337, 297/DIG.10, 297/344.12|
|International Classification||A47C1/00, A61G5/14, A61G5/12, A61G5/10|
|Cooperative Classification||A61G5/125, A61G5/127, A61G5/128, Y10S297/10, A61G5/14, A61G5/1002, A61G5/1075, A61G5/1059|
|European Classification||A61G5/14, A61G5/10S2, A61G5/10S14|
|Feb 21, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ARJO HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AB, SWEDEN
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|Feb 28, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ARJO HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT KB, SWEDEN
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Effective date: 20051101
Owner name: ARJO HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AB, SWEDEN
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